Episode 449 – Disney News 04/24/2019

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On this week’s Disney news show, we’ll cover the latest happenings from around the Disney company including details on getting reservations for your visit to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland in California, Disney’s $5 million donation to help rebuild the Notre Dame cathedral, a new update to Rivers of Light coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and much more!

Episode 444 – Friday with Friends: Happily Ever After

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On this week’s Friday with Friends listeners interaction show, we’re live streaming with our listeners on Facebook Live as I share with you an in-park recording that I took of the Magic Kingdom nighttime fireworks show Happily Ever After. This show replaced the Wishes nighttime show back in 2017, and it is quickly becoming a favorite among park-goers between the state of the art castle projection technology, amazing fireworks display, and its mixture of music from both classic and newer contemporary Disney films. Get ready to experience Happily Ever After like you never have before right here on the All About the Mouse Disney podcast.

Episode 443 – Disney News 04/10/2019

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On this week’s Disney news show, we’ll cover the latest happenings from around the Disney company including announced dates for special seasonal parties and events at Walt Disney World, the opening of Jessie’s Critter Carousel at Disney California Adventure, new Wishables merchandise coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World, Bob Iger and Avengers cast assemble together at DCA for a celebration of $5 million being donated to local children’s hospitals, and much more!

Episode 439 – Toy Story Land Easter Eggs

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On this week’s feature discussion show, we explore Walt Disney World’s newest themed land complete with details and references. Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Toy Story Land has some of the park’s longest waits, but it also has an immense amount of detail and references to the Toy Story movies and other Toy Story attractions. Together, we’ll look at 10 Easter Eggs that will enhance your next visit to Andy’s back yard and Toy Story Land.

Episode 430 – Tokyo Disney Trip Planning

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On this week’s feature discussion show, we are joined by 2 special guests Wallis and Leo for a look at planning an international trip to the Tokyo Disneyland Resort. Together, they have made 2 separate trips to this amazing resort, and they’re going to be joining us for a series of episodes for an extensive look at Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Sea, and the resort of the resort. This week, though, we start the series off with a look at what you need to know and plan for before you go.

Episode 429 – Friday with Friends 03/08/2019

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On this week’s Friday with Friends listener interaction show, we feature a recording from a recent Facebook Live broadcast in which the listeners got a chance to ask questions and choose which Disney topics we talked about including which attractions are best for young children and my least favorite treats from the parks.

Episode 420 – Friday with Friends (Unloved Attractions)

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On this week’s Friday with Friends listener interaction show, one of our good friends and listeners, All About the Mouseketeer #680 Sam from New Zealand has put together a special Day After Valentine’s Day episode featuring some of the more unloved attractions from Disney theme parks. Whether it’s the Swiss Family Treehouse, The Enchanted Tiki Room – Under New Management, or Superstar Limo, these attractions may be unloved but they also hold a special place in our hearts. We pay tribute to these attractions and more this week!

Episode 414 – Friday with Friends (Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room)

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On this week’s Friday with Friends listener interaction show, I’ve just returned from a trip to Walt Disney World with some audio that was requested from one of our listeners of one of Disney’s most classic and celebrated attractions. Straight from Adventureland in Magic Kingdom, we have complete audio from Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, pre-show and all!

Episode 404 – Disney News 01/09/2018

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On this week’s Disney News episode, the Disneyland Resort announces 2019 ticket increases, a soundtrack is now available for Pandora – The World of Avatar, new details about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge are revealed during a backstage tour as well as remarks made by Bob Iger hinting at a June opening at Disneyland, Kevin from “Up” is headed to Disney’s … Read More

Episode 398 – Disney News 12/26/2018

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On this week’s Disney News episode, Will Smith responds to critics of Entertainment Weekly’s first look at a non-blue Genie, Mary Poppins Returns officially hits theaters to good reviews and respectable box office numbers, the Disney Junior Dance Party debuts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disneyland’s Tropical Hideaway opens with the world famous Dole Whip being featured on the menu, and … Read More

Episode 395 – Friday with Friends 12/21/2018

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On this week’s Friday with Friends listener interaction show, we share more comments and other feedback from our listeners on Disney-related topics like the life-sized gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, the cast of the upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s “Aladdin”, some honeymoon magic made in the parks, and much more! Photo Credit: Daniel SmithDisney https://ew.com/movies/2018/12/19/aladdin-first-look-ew-cover-story/?fbclid=IwAR1_Knfjcp7prEGsD8ejjL_knMtN-w4NgReSCCyGf4YoCjqjCgC-DOCxrHM

Episode 393 – Peter Pan’s Flight

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On this week’s feature discussion episode, Bryce Yelverton joins us for a look at the history and details behind a timeless Disney parks classic attraction, Peter Pan’s Flight. We’ll discuss what makes this attraction such a popular attraction still today, decades after its initial debut at Disneyland in 1955 and, along the way, look at some of the details that … Read More

Episode 392 – Friday with Friends 12/14/2018

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On this week’s Friday with Friends listener interaction episode, we feature part 2 of a recent Facebook Live streaming broadcast where we took questions and comments from listeners including questions on Jellyrolls at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, running races at Disney, crowd levels in the parks, and much more!

Episode 389 – Friday with Friends 12/07/2018

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On this week’s Friday with Friends listener interaction episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, we feature a previously recorded Facebook live broadcast and talk about all things Christmas and Disney featuring questions and comments from our listeners including attractions that we’d like to see with a Holiday overlay, which one Christmas thing we would do in the parks, and more.

Episode 388 – Disney News 12/05/2018

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On this week’s news episode, The Edison is set to celebrate its 1-year anniversary with another New Years Eve gala, new restaurant details emerge for Coronado Springs’ Gran Destino tower, the Brightline train could be getting a station located in Walt Disney World, Tom Hanks could be stepping up into the role of Geppetto in a live-action Pinocchio, and much more!

Episode 386 – Road Trip and Disney 4

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On this week’s Friday with Friends episode, several of our listeners have requested a recap of our recent family road trip to New York City for Thanksgiving and the things we did along the way. So, my wife, Amy Ripper, joins me to talk about our family vacation which took us to 3 different Great Wolf Lodges, the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC, and more! We’ll even work in a few Disney connections along the way.

Episode 385 – Disney News 11/28/2018

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On this week’s news episode, Disney and Jon Favreau wow audiences with their first real teaser trailer for The Lion King live-action film, reservations open for the new Coronado Springs Destino Tower, Ralph Breaks the Internet comes close to breaking the record of the best Thanksgiving debut ever, RunDisney releases images of the 2019 Disney Princes Marathon Weekend medals, and much more!

Episode 382 – Disney News 11/21/2018

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On this week’s news episode, there are tons of details and breaking news items that came out of last weekend’s Destination D convention event for D23 members and Disney fans including, the official names for attractions opening up in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the replacement for Illuminations at Epcot, a new fireworks show centered around Mickey Mouse coming to Disneyland, and much more!

Episode 383 – Friday with Friends 11/23/2018

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On this week’s Friday with Friends listener interaction episode, we bring you a previously recorded Facebook Like broadcast where we take questions and comments from our listeners tuning in on topics like Christmas decorations around the Walt Disney World parks and resort hotels, favorite Disney Holiday treats, and more!

Episode 380 – Friday with Friends 11/16/2018

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On this week’s Friday with Friends listener interaction episode, we bring you a previously recorded Facebook Like broadcast where we take questions and comments from our listeners tuning in on topics like whether or not Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is worth the cost of its ticket, daytime parades, and much more!

Episode 379 – Disney News 11/14/2018

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On this week’s Disney News episode, Marvel superhero creator and legend Stan Lee passes away, the Maleficent dragon is gearing up for a return to the Festival of Fantasy parade, Casey’s Corner introduces a fun and delicious offering to count down the 12 Days of Christmas, and Good Morning America surprises a Disney super-fan with the trip of a lifetime.

Episode 379 – Disney News 11/14/2018

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On this week’s Disney News show, we have details about the entertainment and treat line-up for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, the Maleficent Dragon is set to make a return to the Festival of Fantasy parade, Casey’s Corner offers a hot and unique offering for the 12 Days of Christmas, and much more!

Episode 378 – Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort

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On this week’s feature discussion episode, Bryce Yelverton joins us to talk about Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside resortl in Walt Disney World. This is one of Disney’s most uniquely-themed resort and, what many people don’t realize, is it comes with an extremely detailed backstory involving 2 brothers who settled in rural Louisiana and brought civilization, entrepreneuralism, and a profitable boating industry to the area. If you enjoy Imagineering at its best, you don’t want to miss this episodeof the All About the Mouse Disney podcast!

Episode 377 – Friday with Friends (Hoop Dee Doo)

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On this week’s Friday with Friends episode we bring you audio from the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue dinner including some of the Hoop Dee Doo show and, afterwards, an on-site recording with the All About the Mouseketeers in attendance along with some fun trivia and more!

Episode 376 – Disney News 11/07/2018

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On this week’s Disney News episode, Disney After Hours expands from Magic Kingdom to other Walt Disney World theme parks, Disney’s #ShareYourEars campaign gets off to a rousing good start for a great cause, ABC’s Christmas special line-up is announced, Whirlpool and Disney team up for some synergy, two Marvel characters get their own series, and much more! John Stamos … Read More

Episode 375 – Favorite WDW resorts for the Holidays

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On this week’s feature discussion episode, Beci Mahnken from MEI & Mouse Fan Travel joins us as we look at our favorite Walt Disney World resort hotels to stay at for the holidays. Whether you’re staying at a value, moderate, or deluxe resort, you really can’t go wrong, but we’ll count down our personal favorites and explore what makes them so great.

Episode 374 – Friday with Friends 11/02/2018

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On this week’s Friday with Friends listener interaction episode, Sarah Evans joins us as we discuss some of the most-talked about posts from our Facebook group including Johnny Depp and Pirates of the Caribbean, the Disney Villainous deck game, a trip report with suggestions of places to eat in Walt Disney World on a business trip, and more! 

Episode 373 – Disney News 10/31/2018

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On this week’s news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, it’s revealed that Johnny Depp will not be reprising his role of Captain Jack Sparrow in the next “Pirates of the Caribbean” film, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party begins in just 8 days and there’s a new premium offering available at Tony’s, the all-new refurbished World of Disney store grand opens in Disney Springs, fans of Rosita at Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room in Disneyland will be able to catch her solo performance at a new location in Adventureland, RunDisney announces the themes for each of the Star Wars race weekend races, and much more!

Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party coming to MVMCP

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will offer a new premium add-on event this year -Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party. Priced at $99 per person plus tax in addition to a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket, Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party begins each party night at 9:30pm and lasts through until 12:30pm. You can visit as many times as you … Read More

Episode 370 – Disney News 10/24/2018

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On this week’s news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, a new baby Okapi is born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Ed Catmull announces his retirement from Disney/Pixar, PizzeRizzo goes on a seasonal closure, new details and looks emerge on Disney’s Skyliner in Walt Disney World as well as the new Coronado Springs resort tower, Disney announces a new Deluxe resort coming to Walt Disney World near the site of the abandoned River Country, and much more!

Episode 369 – Disney Charities

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Most of us know that, on any given day, there are magical memories made and dreams that come true in the Disney theme parks around the world. What many people may not know, is that many charitable organizations all over the country either contribute to those granted wishes or use Disney as a source of fundraising to change peoples’ lives in other ways. On this episode, we are joined by Jessica Sanders and some special guests to talk about the various different charitable organizations that work together with Disney to change lives.

New resort hotel announced to be built on old River Country site

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Disney has today officially announced its new Disney Vacation Club property to be built on Bay Lake between Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Resort. The deluxe resort, which will be themed to complement its natural surroundings, will include more than 900 hotel rooms and proposed Disney Vacation Club villas spread across a variety of unique accommodation types. “Walt Disney … Read More

Episode 368 – Friday with Friends (Star Tours)

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Welcome to another Friday with Friends listener interaction episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast! On this week’s Friday with Friends show, we are honoring a listener request for some in-park attraction audio from Disney’s Hollywood Studios. On a recent trip to Walt Disney World, we asked what you all would like to hear on future episodes from the parks. One of the requests that came in was to feature audio from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, so we chose Star Tours: The Adventure Continues. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Episode 367 – Disney News 10/17/2018

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On this week’s news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, Walt Disney World parking and Annual Passholder ticket prices increase again, an opening date is announced for Coronado Spring’s new 15-story tower, a new dance party is set to arrive at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney cancels plans for a luxury hotel next to Disneyland in Anaheim, a new eatery is slated to open up at Disney Springs in 2019, and much more!

Episode 366 – Disney gift ideas for the Holidays

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We are quickly approaching the Christmas holiday season, so we’re getting an early start in order to give you some time to prepare. On  this week’s feature discussion episode of the show, we’re talking about gift ideas for you to get your loved one who loves Disney. From snow globes and board games to ornaments and home decor, there’s something out there for every Disney fan and we’ll help you narrow it down to the perfect gift.

Episode 365 – Jim Korkis: Secret Stories of Mickey Mouse

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Mickey Mouse is celebrating his 90th birthday on November 18, 2018 and we’re kicking off the birthday celebration here on All About the Mouse this week. Disney historian and author of “Secret Stories of Mickey Mouse” and “The Book of Mouse: The Celebration of Mickey Mouse” Jim Korkis joins us to talk about some of the stories and facts behind Mickey Mouse you probably never knew, including some exclusive stories only told here on All About the Mouse. Join in the birthday celebration by learning about the history of America’s favorite cartoon character.

Episode 364 – Disney News 10/10/2018

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On this week’s news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, Storybook Dining at Artist Point begins taking reservations and their menu is unveiled, Kate Spade releases a new line of Disney-inspired handbags, Disney introduces attraction-themed spirit jerseys, more details are released about the Flamingo Crossing construction project, a man sue’s Disney for ruining his marriage proposal, and much more!

Episode 363 – Toy Story Land Review

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On this week’s feature discussion episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, we take a look at Toy Story Land on-location at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Join us for in-park audio and an onsite review of this brand new immersive Toy Story-themed land featuring Buzz, Woody,Jessie,Slinky, Rex, and more characters from Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story franchise.

Episode 362 – Friday with Friends 10/05/2018

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On this week’s listener interaction episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, we bring you with us, as requested by one of our listeners, on a tour through Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion. Michael Lavergne requested to hear some ride-through audio from the Haunted Mansion, and Bryan Ripper and his family brought back some audio from a recent trip to share with Michael and the rest of the All About the Mouseketeers.

Episode 361 – Disney News 10/03/2018

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On this week’s news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, it looks as though Rafiki’s Planet Watch isn’t going away for good, the menu is revealed for Sebastian’s Bistro at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disneyland’s Star Wars Launch Bay offers visitors a free Star Wars button, food and beverage prices increase at Walt Disney World, Disney Springs is set to get new parking garage technology, and much more!

Episode 360 – Pre-trip Questions and Planning

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On this week’s feature discussion episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, Jonathan and his girlfriend Alexandra talk about their upcoming trip to Walt Disney World and address questions and planning concerns ahead of the trip. Alexandra is someone who hasn’t been to Walt Disney World since she was little, and this will be a quick trip over the Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend. This is a unique trip for a first-timer or someone who hasn’t been in a while and requires some carefully planned choices that should be made ahead of time to get the most out of the experience. Together, we’ll make suggestions and talk about the choices they’ve made so far.

Episode 359 – Friday with Friends

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On this week’s listener interaction episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast Sarah Evans joins us to share some posts and comments from our Facebook group including thoughts on the end of Illuminations at Epcot and some fascinating ways Disney hides things right in front of your eyes in the theme parks.

Episode 358 – Disney News 09/26/2018

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On this week’s news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, Rafaiki’s Planet Watch is set to close at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World theme park moves to date-based ticket pricing, new offering are announced for a limited time at Walt Disney World parks including several new dance parties, a new backstage tour at Animal Kingdom involving White Rhinos, and much more!

New Rhino back stage tour coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom is offering a new backstage tour this fall, giving guests a look at how the animal team cares for white rhinos. Starting November 1, the 60-minute guided adventure will give guests a behind-the-scenes look at how our dedicated animal team cares for the white rhinos on Kilimanjaro Safaris and how Disney is helping save endangered rhinos in … Read More

Episode 357 – On This Day in Disney History

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On this episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, we talk about historical events that took place on September 24th throughout the years all over the Disney organization. From theme parks to movies and more, there are significant things that have taken place, and we’ll take a look at these events and talk about their significance to fans and the Disney company.

Episode 355 – Disney News 09/19/2018

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On this week’s news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, Disney confirms a replacement coming for Illuminations at Epcot, Earl of Sandwich is making a return to Downtown Disney at Disneyland, Disney unveils the new menu items for the refurbished Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort, the official trailer for “Mary Poppins Returns” is released, and much more!

Replacement for Illuminations coming in 2019

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Disney has today announced a timeline for the replacement of Epcot’s nightly firework spectacular IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

Reflections of Earth will play through to the end of summer 2019, with the new show to debut immediately following the conclusion of “IllumiNations.”
No other details were provided, but various sources have indicated to us that drones will be part of the new show, and expect to see familiar Disney characters and stories as part of the show.
Reflections of Earth debuted in October 1999 as part of the Walt Disney World Millennium Celebration, and carried forward the long standing tradition of the IllumiNations nighttime spectacular.

Episode 354 – Short trips on short notice

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Most Disney fans who enjoy visiting the theme parks will tell you that they enjoy planning their trips months in advance. However, today we’re going to be talking about how you might plan for and tour the parks on a short 2, 3, or 4-day trip that is planned with short notice. On this episode, we’ll give you tips on how to deal with some of the challenges like Fastpasses that are unavailable, limited dining options, and much more!

Episode 353 – Tribute to Ricky “DJ Technoid” Reed

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Last week a member of our All About the Mouse family, Ricky “DJ Technoid” Reed (All About the Mouseketeer #836), passed away. Ricky was a member of our family and a friend in our communities as well as many, many other Disney communities. He not only had a love for Disney, but he had a love for music and a love for Disney music. One of the things he enjoyed sharing with people was his many Disney music techno mixes. On this week’s Friday with Friends episode of the show, we would like to pay tribute to our friend by featuring one of his Disney mixes that he called “Magic Kingdom 45th Anniversary Techmix”.

Episode 352 – Disney News 09/12/2018

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On this week’s news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, lots of new things are being added to Disney Springs from a new VR experience based on Wreck-It Ralph to a major discount for Passholders at Maria & Enzo’s and Enzo’s Hideaway, Disneyland unveils its Haunted Mansion Holiday ballroom centerpiece gingerbread house, Disney and Amazon team up to offer streaming Disney music for Amazon Prime subscribers, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resort gets set to add on a 3rd building, and much more!

Maria & Enzo’s offering large Passholder discounts

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Maria & Enzo’s and Enzo’s Hideaway at Disney Springs are now offering 40% off to Disney Annual Passholders during lunch. This offer is valid now through December 31st. Not valid with any other offer or during brunch. Source: WDWMagic.com

New tower to be built at the WDW Swan & Dolphin

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The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort has today confirmed plans to build a new tower. More details will be released on Friday according to media representatives at the resort, but today’s information confirms that the 14 story tower will add 349 guest rooms, meeting space, a swimming pool and a restaurant with bar and lounge. Set to open … Read More

Episode 351 – Port Orleans French Quarter

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Port Orleans French Quarter resort is one of the best themed moderate resorts in Walt Disney World. The scenery of the resort ranges from the colorful explosion in the lobby that evokes the excitement of Mardis Gras to the quiet streets throughout the resort that make you feel like you’re actually walking through an authentic New Orleans neighborhood complete with street signs, parks, and sparkling fountains. It doesn’t end there, though, because there is a rich backstory that Disney Imagineers have created to go along with it. Enjoy this episode as we take a look at this unique Disney experience located right in the middle of the Walt Disney World resort in Florida.

Episode 350 – Friday with Friends (The Jungle Cruise)

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On this week’s Friday with Friends listener interaction episode of the show, we have some very special in-park audio that was requested by one of our listeners. On a recent trip to Walt Disney World, we took to our Facebook group to ask you guys what you would like to hear from the parks. Brian Fleming was one of the many people who responded, and his request was to hear audio from The Jungle Cruise in Magic Kingdom. The recorded audio featured in this episode features ones of the most energetic Jungle Cruise skippers on recorded audio and definitely does not disappoint.

Episode 349 – Disney News 09/05/2018

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On this week’s news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, Artist Point is set to change to a character dining experience, Disney releases concept art for Oga’s Cantina in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, Epcot’s 23rd annual International Food and Wine Festival launches, Disney Cruise Line begins meetings and talks on opening another private island, and much more!

Episode 346 – Disney News 08/29/2018

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On this week’s news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, Magical Dining returns to Disney Springs for a good cause, Disney and the workers’ unions come to an agreement on a deal to raise starting pay to $15 by 2021, and Disney announces a name for their new streaming video service. We’ll also touch base on a rumor about the addition of a Brazil pavilion in Epcot and another rumor about the possibility of Artist Point being changed to a character dining experience, and much more!

Early Morning Magic coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Beginning September 17 2018, Disney will begin offering Early Morning Magic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for access to Toy Story Land. Similar to the experience that was added to the Magic Kingdom in 2016 for access to the busy Fantasyland, the Studios edition is based around Toy Story Land and includes a breakfast. Available on select mornings before the park … Read More

Episode 345 – Fall in the Parks

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As the kids are going back to school and we start to look at the second half of the year, many of us have already started looking forward to and booking trips to the Disney theme parks to partake in the special events that take place in either Walt Disney World in Florida or the Disneyland resort in California. Paul Barrie from the Window to the Magic podcast joins us for this week’s feature discussion episode to talk about the Halloween parties available on both coasts, the International Food and Wine Festival, and much more!

Episode 344 – Friday with Friends 08/24/2018

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On this week’s Friday with Friends listener interaction show, Sara Evans joins us as co-host again as we share comments and questions that were posted on our Facebook group. Some of the things that we talk about this week are: the incorporation of characters into Epcot, “What’s in your Disney bag?”, an “Up”-themed doll house at the Iowa State Fair, and much more!

Episode 343 – Disney News 08/22/2018

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On this week’s news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, Disney celebrates Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday across theme parks around the world and elsewhere in the Disney company, a brand new Mickey Mouse-inspired art exhibition is coming to NYC, the Walt Disney World Swan gets a major renovation and look to its lobby, reservations begin for the “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” dessert party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and much more!

Episode 342 – What’s in your Disney bag?

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Everyone has specific items that they carry with them every time they go to a Disney theme park. Some people keep things like: a complete change of clothes, food and snacks, cell phone batteries, etc. This week, on our feature discussion topic episode of the show, Bryan and Jonathan are going to talk about what things they keep in their Disney bag at all times when they’re in the parks.

Episode 341 – Friday with Friends 08/17/2018

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On this week’s Friday with Friends show, our weekly episode devoted to interacting with our listeners, we get one of our loyal All About the Mouseketeers on the phone for a Mouse Call. We’ll talk with Nathan Evans from Baltimore, MD. Nathan is not only one of our loyal listeners, but he is also the husband of Sarah Evans, who appears on our show from time to time as a guest and a co-host. We’ll find out what Nate’s favorite Disney song is, who his favorite Disney villain is, his favorite moment that he’s had in a Disney theme park and more!

Episode 340 – Disney News 08/15/2018

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On this week’s news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, we have a very special announcement about an official All About the Mouse Meet coming to Walt Disney World, Pandora releases some new classic Disney attraction charms, a baby mandrill is born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, temporary changes coming to the Walt Disney World Railroad and the Tomorrowland Speedway during the construction of Tron Light Cycle Run in Magic Kingdom, and much more!

Episode 339 – The Living Seas

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Epcot has several classic pavilions that, no matter how much they change over the years, still harken back to the original spirit and theme of EPCOT Center. The Living Seas, now known as The Seas with Nemo and Friends, is one such pavilion dedicated to the ocean and its inhabitants. In this week’s feature discussion episode of the show, we take a look at the history of and changes that this legendary pavilion has been through over the years from original idea conception to today. Bryce Yelverton fills in for Jonathan Dichter as we dive into The Living Seas.

Enhanced Wi-Fi service being rolled out to WDW resort hotels

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An enhanced Wi-Fi service is being rolled-out across the Walt Disney World Resort hotels, with Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter the first to be updated. The new service is live now, and can be accessed via the “WDW Resorts Guest” SSID name. Enhanced Wi-Fi is available in both public spaces around the resort and in guest rooms. Disney introduced WiFi … Read More

Character line-up for Disney Photopass Day 2018

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Disney PhotoPass Day in 2018 will take place August 19 2018 at Walt Disney World, bringing special character appearances, Magic Shots and special pricing on one-day memory maker. Here is a run-down of everything on offer: Both Disney Springs Magic Shots are available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Virtual background at the Disney PhotoPass Studio is available from 9:30 a.m. to … Read More

Baby Mandrill born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom has welcomed a baby mandrill, born on August 8 at the park. Mandrills are the largest and one of the most colorful species of monkey, and can be found on the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction. The birth is the result of a match made through the Species Survival Plan (SSP) by Disney Animal Operations manager Rebecca Phillips, who … Read More

WDW Railroad and Tomorrowland Speedway to be impacted by Tron coaster

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Disney has today announced that a both the Walt Disney World Railroad and The Tomorrowland Speedway will be interrupted during the construction of the new TRON coaster at the Magic Kingdom. The Walt Disney World Railroad will temporarily take up residence at the Main Street Station starting in December 2018, pausing its grand-circle tours of Magic Kingdom Park. During this … Read More

Episode 338 – Friday with Friends 08/10/2018

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On this week’s Friday with Friends listener interaction show, Bryce Yelverton joins us as co-host again as we share comments and questions that were posted on our Facebook group and sent in via email. Some of the things that we talk about this week are: a new Disney villains board game, Magic Bands, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and much more!

Episode 337 – Disney News 08/08/2018

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On this week’s news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, we cover the latest Disney news including a special Gatbsy-themed event at The Edison in Disney Springs, a brand new patent Disney has filed for a “moving floors” technology possibly for future attractions, Vampirina coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney Dreamers Academy accepting applications for 2019, new treats coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and more!

Episode 336 – Did You Know?

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The Walt Disney World resort has changed and transformed so many times over its nearly 50 years in existence. This week we take a look at some of the things you used to be able to experience or just the way that some things were in Walt Disney World years ago. Somethings, like paper Fastpasses, weren’t that long ago, and some things we are going to look at go back several decades.

Episode 335 – Friday with Friends (Planning Your Dining In WDW)

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Jonathan and The Kiddo work on booking their dining for their upcoming trip to Walt Disney World in November. However, many of the restaurants they want to book are full already. We’ll discuss how when you should be booking your dining for your upcoming trip to Walt Disney World and give you some suggestions sent in by our listeners on restaurants you will have better luck getting a reservation at when everything else is full.

Episode 334 – Disney News 08/01/2018

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On this week’s news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, we cover the latest Disney news including confirmed cast for “Star Wars Episode IX”, Disney Cruise Line announces NYC to Bermuda cruises, Disney announces plans to get rid of plastic straws in their theme parks, The American Adventure at Epcot opens a new Native American Indian exhibit, Disney and 21st Century Fox stockholder approve the acquisition, and much more!

Disney to eliminate plastic straws at all parks and resorts

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The Walt Disney Co. announced Thursday that it will eliminate single-use straws and plastic stirrers at all of its theme parks and resorts by mid-2019.

“Eliminating plastic straws and other plastic items are meaningful steps in our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products, in a blog post announcing the news.

Episode 332 – Friday with Friends 07/27/2018

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On this week’s Friday with Friends show, our weekly episode devoted to interacting with our listeners, we get one of our loyal All About the Mouseketeers on the phone for a Mouse Call. We’ll talk with April from Louisiana and introduce her and the rest of the audience to a brand new set of All About the Mouseketeer Interview questions including “What’s your favorite Disney song?”, “Who is your favorite Disney villain?”, “What’s your favorite moment in a Disney theme park?”, and more!

Episode 331 – Disney News 07/25/2018

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On this week’s news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, we cover the latest Disney news including two new Disney Cruise Line destinations, a new “Up”-themed wall in Disney’s California Adventure, Splash Mountain gets a new sponsor, Raglan Road adds new entertainment, Disney announces a Kimpossible live-action movie in the making, and more.

Episode 330 – 2018 PNW Mouse Meet Recap

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One of the things Disney fans in the Pacific Northwest have looked forward to for the past 10 years is an event where Disney fans, bloggers, podcasters, authors, Imagineers, Disney celebrities, and more coming together for a day of magic and fun with other Disney fans from the area. This year, the Mouse Meet celebrated its 10th anniversary with fans and Disney celebs like Don Hahn, Dave Bossert, Jeff Shaver Moskowitz, and more. All About the Mouse co-host Jonathan Dichter was in attendance, and he joins us this week to talk with us all about the event and things that were featured at the event, including an in-depth look at the creation of Pixar Pier in Disney’s California Adventure theme park.

Episode 329 – Friday with Friends 07/20/2018

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On this week’s Friday with Friends episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, we are featuring audio from our most recent Facebook Live broadcast recorded on Tuesday July 10, 2018. We take questions and comments from our listeners and talk about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the new film “Ant Man and The Wasp”, Toy Story Land, Jonathan and The Kiddo take a quiz on Epcot’s American Adventure, and much more!

Episode 328 – Disney News 07/18/2018

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On this week’s news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, we cover the latest Disney news including TONS of Disney theme park food-related news, Cast Member exclusive canoe races and yoga sessions that took place at Disneyland, 2 potential cast additions to “Frozen 2”, Aulani bookings that are now available for 2019 and 2020, and much more!

Cape May Cafe Dining Review

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No trip to Walt Disney World would be complete, for our family, without a sit-down meal at one of the restaurants either in the parks or elsewhere on Disney property. With so many options to choose from, it can be hard, sometimes, to choose where we want to have that meal on property. One restaurant that we have eaten at … Read More

Episode 327 – Kiddo’s Favorite Attractions

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On this week’s feature discussion episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, Jonathan’s daughter, “The Kiddo”, joins us to talk about her favorite Walt Disney World attractions. If you’re looking for suggestions for must-do attractions for young children under the age of 10, she has some great suggestions for you. We’ll talk about her favorite rides, shows, and attractions in all of the Walt Disney World theme parks: Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Magic Kingdom.

Disney World introduces alcoholic beignets

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Disney fans know that everything tastes better at the park and they never disappoint when it comes to wild, Instagram-worthy snack offerings. Case in point: the Walt Disney World resort now has alcohol-infused beignets, and they’re airy, sugary pillow-shaped pockets of booze. Located at the jazz-inspired Scat Cat’s Club bar and lounge at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter, guests can imbibe and … Read More

Episode 326 – Friday with Friends 07/13/2018

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On this week’s Friday with Friends episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, we are featuring audio from our most recent Facebook Live broadcast recorded on Tuesday July 10, 2018. The Kiddo joins the show to tell us her thoughts on “The Incredibles 2” and Wings Over Washington, a Soarin’-type attraction in Seattle, Washington. We also interact with some of our listeners in the chat room and talk about a magical moments in Walt Disney World, Adventures by Disney and more.

Episode 325 – Disney News 07/11/2018

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On this week’s news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, we cover the latest Disney news including Incredibles 2 breaking box office records, the entertainment line-up for Christmas 2018 at Walt Disney World, reports of 2 high-profile stars possibly joining the cast of “Star Wars: Episode IX”, a new location that you can get married at in Walt Disney World, and much more!

Episode 324 – Rumors

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The internet can be full of detailed information about the latest breaking Disney news, and we even update you on that news every Wednesday on our Disney News episode. However, this show is dedicated to all of the unconfirmed rumors that are currently going around about changes and additions that might possibly be affecting Disney parks and products. Remember, everything discussed in this episode has yet to be officially confirmed by Disney at the date of its recording, unless otherwise stated.

Disney introduces new Florida Resident theme park select pass

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Disney is introducing a new Annual Pass on July 9, aimed at offering more flexibility for guests visiting Walt Disney World. The Florida Resident Theme Park Select Pass is another option for Florida residents who are looking for access to at least one theme park during most times of the year. Each park’s availability will be accessible online through a … Read More

Get married in front of the Tree of Life

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If you’ve ever dreamed of spending the happiest day of your life at the most magical place on Earth, you’re going to love this: Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons now offers three exciting new venues for your dream wedding at Walt Disney World Resort. Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons offers many different wedding locations and if you’ve been following … Read More

Episode 323 – Road Trip and Disney 3

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Just back from an 11-day, 4,000 mile long-distance road trip and we definitely feel like we’re road tripping pros by now. Amy Ripper joins Bryan to share the details of our road trip with the listeners and share some of the suggestions and city recommendations that our listeners contributed to our trip on Facebook. We’ll also share some tips that can make your next family road trip to Disney an adventure instead of a chore you have to endure before and after your vacation destination.

The re-imagined World of Disney at Disney Springs

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The first phase of the redesigned World of Disney is now open at Disney Springs. The new look is much more open than before, with the entire store now visible from end-to-end. There is also new-look much more in-keeping with the Disney Springs feel – exposed brick and a more industrial look. Design inspiration is said to be an animator’s loft. … Read More

A new look for Magic Express coming this summer

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Magic Express will have a new look this summer, bringing it more in-line with the look of Disney Cruise Line motorcoach. The portal design from the Cruise Line feature heavily, and characters include Mickey, Goofy, Pluto, Minnie, Donald and Daisy. Along with the new look, the name will also change to Disney Magical Express rather than Disney’s Magical Express. Old … Read More

Episode 322 – Disney News 07/04/2018

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This week’s news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast is devoted to the opening of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Last week, the new themed land in Walt Disney World was dedicated with Tim Allen on hand and it opened with massive wait times for the majority of the day. The reviews, so far, have been terrific, and we even got some details about some more things that are still on the horizon for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, including information about Mickey’s Runaway Railway and a new Cars show and attraction coming soon.

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy show coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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At today’s opening of Toy Story Land, Disney announced a new show called ‘Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy.’ According to Imagineer Kathy Mangum, it will be “a show unlike anything we’ve got anywhere else,” and appearing with Lightning McQueen in the show will be Cruz Ramirez and Mater. The all-new show-attraction, to be located in Sunset Showcase near Rock ‘n’ Roller … Read More

Toy Story Land soft opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Toy Story Land has soft opened to park guests this evening ahead of its official opening on June 30. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is open until 10pm today, although no word yet on how long Toy Story Land will remain open for. Source: WDWMagic.com

New concept art for Mickey’s Runaway Railway

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At today’s Toy Story Land media event, Disney released a new piece of concept art and update on the upcoming Mickey’s Runaway Railway attractions. According to Disney, “The attraction will totally immerse guests in a cartoon world and will feature a new catchy theme song created especially for the attraction. The fun begins when you see the premiere of a … Read More

Episode 320 – Friday with Friends 06/29/2018

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On this week’s Friday with Friends show, our weekly episode devoted to interacting with our listeners, we get one of our loyal All About the Mouseketeers on the phone for a Mouse Call. We’ll talk with Christy, who lives right around the corner from Magic Kingdom, to find out a little bit about her and ask her the All About … Read More

Episode 319 – Disney News 06/27/2018

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On this week’s news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, we cover the latest Disney news including the dedication of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the live-streaming broadcast that will be available online, new interactive features coming to the Play Disney Parks app, a spolier-free review of “The Incredibles 2”, rumors about upcoming upgrades … Read More

Episode 318 – The Land

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On this week’s feature discussion episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, we take a look at The Land pavilion it Epcot and its history from park opening in 1982 until present day. The Land has been a staple of Epcot with its focus on conservation. This week, we embark on a series of episodes that will be … Read More

Episode 316 – Disney News 06/20/2018

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On this week’s Disney news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, Disney announces big news about an expansion to their Tokyo Disney Sea theme park, Walt Disney World introduces a new amazing Cookies and Cream Funnel Cake treat, a new bus time feature addition to the My Disney Experience app, special celebrations and presentations coming to Walt … Read More

Episode 315 – Favorite Disney Snacks

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On this week’s feature discussion episode of the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, we are talking about our favorite snacks in the Disney theme parks. Now, this discussion started out as a list of our favorite small snacks, but as so many food discussions tend to waver, we ended up talking about all types of snack items from the … Read More

Episode 314 – Disney Songs To Get Emotional By

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On this week’s Friday with Friends episode, we expand on a topic that was brought up on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast Facebook page. Is there a Disney song that makes you cry or just makes you feel plain emotional. The question was recently posed on the Facebook group by Sarah Evans with some additional discussion from other … Read More

Episode 313 – Disney News 06/13/2018

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On this week’s Disney news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, Disney announces John Lasseter is leaving the company at the end of the year, an inspirational and famous Cast Member known  for greeting guests at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa passes away, a release date is announced for Kingdom Hearts 3, Disney announces a contest … Read More

Episode 311 – Friday with Friends 06/08/2018

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On this week’s Friday with Friends show, our weekly episode devoted to interacting with our listeners, we get one of our loyal All About the Mouseketeers on the phone for a Mouse Call. We’ll talk with Kelly from Salt Lake City, Utah to find out a little bit about her, and we’ll ask her the All About the Mousketeer Interview … Read More

Episode 310 – Disney News 06/06/2018

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In this week’s Disney news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, the location of the Star Wars resort in Walt Disney World is revealed, the trailer for “Wreck it Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet” is released, Minnie Vans are now available to all Walt Disney World resort guests, Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean opens later this … Read More

Episode 309 – Dapper Day

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For years, Disney enthusiasts and people who just plain enjoy getting dressed up to go to the parks have been flocking to Disneyland and Walt Disney World for Dapper Day. This semi-annual event has been attracting men and women, boys and girls, from all over to put on their best-dress (sometimes 20’s & 30’s themed, sometimes more modern) to get … Read More

Why I Prefer Magic Kingdom At Night

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Most of us have probably heard the expression “A bad day at Disney is better than a good day at work”. Or is it “a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work”? Regardless of the origin, it still applies. There are times I prefer to be at the parks over others. There are certain times … Read More

Animal Kingdom tests out new stroller parking system

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom will begin testing a new stroller parking system from June 1 2018, aimed at improving the experience for guests. When arriving at specific shows and rides, guests will receive a colored tag which corresponds to one of three stroller parking areas. Tags can be reused at other attractions, or a new tag picked up at each location. … Read More

Disney confirms location of Star Wars resort hotel in WDW

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Disney has today officially confirmed that the upcoming Star Wars Resort will be located on the south side of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, just east of World Drive. Photo courtesy of BlogMickey.com According to a post on the official Disney Parks Blog, “This location will allow the experience to be seamlessly connected to the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land at … Read More

Episode 308 – Friday with Friends 06/01/2018

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Every Friday we center our “Friday with Friends” episodes around comments, suggestions, and interactions with our listeners. On this week’s Friday with Friends episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, we are featuring comments and Disney-related items shared on the All About the Mouse Disney podcast Facebook group by our listeners. Some of the things we will share … Read More

Episode 307 – Disney News 05/30/2018

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In this week’s Disney news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, Edna Mode comes to Magic Kingdom, season openings are announced for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, Give Kids the World launches behind-the-scenes tours of Orlando theme park attraction designers to raise funds for the Give Kids the World Village, dates are … Read More

Episode 304 – Disney News 05/23/2018

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In this week’s Disney news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, Disney casts more actors for “The Jungle Cruise” and the sequel to “Maleficent”, World of Color will return soon to Disney’s California Adventure, some new technology might make it possible for Disney to add a new dimension to future and existing attractions, Magic Kingdom’s Main Street … Read More

Episode 303 – Dan Cockerell on being VP of a Kingdom

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Today we are joined by Dan Cockerell, a 27-year veteran Disney Cast Member and former Vice President of Magic Kingdom, to talk about the things he’s done and learned during his time at Walt Disney World. Dan started out in the Disney College Program working in the Epcot parking lot and eventually held Vice President positions at Epcot, Hollywood Studios, … Read More

Episode 302 – Friday with Friends 05/18/2018

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On this week’s Friday with Friends episode, we place a Mouse Call to one of our listeners from Tulsa, OK for an All About the Mouseketeer Interview and we announce the winner of our latest contest. If you would like to receive a Mouse Call from us, send us an email to podcast@aatmcentral.com and give us your name and phone number. … Read More

Episode 301 – Disney News 05/16/2018

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In this week’s Disney news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, the Maleficent dragon from the Festival of Fantasy parade catches fire at Magic Kingdom, Disney announces a new restaurant coming to Epcot’s Japan pavilion, a new Star Wars television series is on the way from Jon Favreau, Walt Disney World Minnie Van drivers are now legally … Read More

Episode 300 – Favorite Epcot attraction theme songs

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A while back we looked at our favorite Walt Disney World attraction theme songs. Now, we’re going to look at our favorite attraction theme songs just in Epcot alone. There are so many fantastic pieces of audio in Epcot, and with most every pavilion in Epcot having its own theme song, we really needed to dedicate an entire show just … Read More

Festival of Fantasy parade dragon catches fire

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Today, May 11th, at Magic Kingdom, the Festival of Fantasy parade abruptlhy ended when the Maleficent fire-breathing dragon unexpectedly caught fire in the middle of the performance. The fire was extinguished and no Cast Members or guests have been reported injured. You can see footage of the fire caught on camera here: The Maleficent dragon is arguably the highlight of … Read More

Episode 298 – Disney News 05/08/2018

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In this week’s Disney news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, Disney’s Animal Kingdom welcome some newly-born additions to the park, Disneyland adds “Redd” the Redhead from Pirates of the Caribbean to the park as a walk-around character, Disney announces a new RunDisney race challenge in 2019, construction workers lay a massive concrete foundation for the Guardians … Read More

Two zebras born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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The first foal was born April 26 to Layee, and the second was born May 1 to Zuri. Currently, the foals are nursing and bonding with their moms backstage. All will join the herd on Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail overlook soon. Originating from Africa, Grevy’s zebras are the most endangered species of zebra, with approximately 2,500 in the world. You … Read More

Episode 297 – An Interview with an Animal Kingdom Lodge Animal Keeper

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We’ve been talking a lot, lately, Disney’s Animal Kingdom around their recent 20th anniversary celebration, but for this week’s feature discussion episode, we are taking a behind-the-scenes look at Disney’s Animal Kingdom lodge. Animal Keeper Yaralia Rodriguez joins us to talk about her work as a Disney Cast Member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge as an animal keeper on the … Read More

Episode 296 – Friday with Friends 05/04/2018

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On this week’s Friday with Friends episode of the All About the Mouse Disney podcast, Sarah Evans joins us again as co-host. Together we share some interesting Disney-related items and discussions that various listeners have posted in our Facebook group over at www.facebook.com/groups/aatmpodcast. If you would like to send us a comment or a question for a future Friday with … Read More

Episode 295 – Disney News 05/01/2018

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In this week’s Disney news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, ABC features a day full of Toy Story Land promotions, American Idol has an evening dedicated to Disney songs, Bob Gurr hints at the possibility of a new monorail fleet coming to Walt Disney World, and we take a look at the many construction sites and … Read More

Episode 294 – Disney Parks Hidden Gems

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Not many people can resist the urge to pick up a Disney souvenir on a trip to the Disney theme parks. However, not every gift idea requires dropping $30-$40 for a generic Walt Disney World/Disneyland tourist T-shirt or hundreds of dollars for a piece of original Disney artwork. There are a lot of inexpensive options out there in the Disney … Read More

Episode 293 – Friday with Friends 04/27/2018

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On this week’s Friday with Friends episode, we place a Mouse Call to one of our listeners on the west coast for an All About the Mouseketeer Interview and we announce the winner of the “Where in the Park?” contest. If you would like to receive a Mouse Call from us, send us an email to podcast@aatmcentral.com and give us your … Read More

Episode 292 – Disney News: Special Animal Kingdom 20th Anniversary Celebration

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom just celebrated its 20th anniversary this past Sunday. Since the park opened on Earth Day in 1998, it has grown exponentially and arguably transformed from, what many people considered a half-day park, into a complete full day (and night) experience. As the park turned 20 this past weekend, many announcements about new additions to the park were … Read More

Episode 291 – Favorite Attraction Theme Songs

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The Disney parks are filled with attractions that entertain, inspire, and inform millions of guests year after year. Many of these attractions have attraction theme songs that are as integral with the attraction as any other part. Some of these songs are iconic songs that have been getting stuck in people’s ears for decades like “It’s a Small World” and … Read More

Episode 289 – Disney News 04/18/2018

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In this week’s Disney news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, we’ll talk about Toy Story Land attractions now available for Fastpass+ bookings, new stars joining the cast of Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan, the re-opening of the Blue Sky Cellar at Disney’s California Adventure, on-property perks available now at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, a new … Read More

Episode 288 – Ft. Wilderness Resort and Campground

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The Walt Disney World resort has many uniquely-themed hotels on property, but perhaps none is as unique as the experience you have camping out under the stars at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort and Campground. Sarah Evans joins us to talk about her recently experience at Ft. Wilderness staying on site in a camper and partaking in the many exciting things … Read More

Episode 287 – Friday with Friends

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This week on our listener interaction Friday with Friends episode, we are joined by Beci Mahnken of MEI & Mouse Fan Travel to answer questions posed by listeners on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast Facebook Group Livestream broadcast. Together, we’ll talk about the things to do solo in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, what menu items to try … Read More

Episode 286 – Disney News 04/11/2018

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In this week’s Disney news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, we’ll talk about thew newly released menu for Woody’s Lunch Box coming to Toy Story Land, the passing of a voice artist that every fan of Epcot will know and miss, enhancements made to the Purple Wall at Magic Kingdom, a spooky experience coming to Disney’s … Read More

Sweet Spells closing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Sweet Spells on Sunset Blvd at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be permanently closing from April 16 2018 to make way for a Pixar store. Set to open alongside Toy Story Land on June 30 2018, the refurbished store will be the primary location for Pixar merchandise at the park. The production kitchen and treats at Sweet Spells will be removed, … Read More

New entertainment coming to Pandora – The World of Avatar

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Pandora – The World’s of Avatar will soon introduce guests to the Pandora Utility Suit. Worn by a Pandora Conservation Initiative pilot, the suit is used to study the wildlife, collect plant samples, and to educate visitors about Pandora. In the movie Avatar, similar AMP suits were used for combat, handling heavy cargo and traversing the terrain of Pandora. Disney … Read More

Episode 285 – It’s All In The Details (Epcot)

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This is the second installment of our “It’s All In the Details” series of discussions, where we look at the many details around Disney theme parks that help to tell the story and enhance the various themed areas of the parks. This week, we’re looking at some of the many details that help to provide believeability and tell the story … Read More

Episode 281 – Friday with Friends 03/30/2018

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This week on our listener interaction Friday with Friends episode, we answer questions posed by listeners on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast Facebook Group Livestream broadcast. Together, we’ll talk about tips for doing the Walt Disney World parks in the summer, tips attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, our thoughts on Walt Disney World resort hotels charging … Read More

Episode 280 – Disney News 03/28/2018

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This week on our Disney News episode of the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, Marvel-themed lands are coming to 3 different Disney theme parks, The Gary Sinise Foundation announces a special trip to Walt Disney World for children with parents who are fallen soldiers, Avengers: Infinity War trailer is released, Walt Disney World announces summer packages with free dining … Read More

Episode 279 – It’s All In The Details (Magic Kingdom)

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In this week’s feature discussion episode, we take a look at some of the details that Disney Imagineers use to add authenticity, believability, and to tell the story in the various themed lands in Magic Kingdom. There are thousands of details all over the Disney theme parks and resorts that aid in bringing the story to life. Some of these … Read More

WDW Halloween and Christmas parties now available

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Well, it’s that time of year again. Spring is in the air and that means tickets are now on sale for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Here is a breakdown of pricing for the parties, with reservations only available via phone at this time on 407-939-1872. Pricing excludes tax. Source: WDWMagic.com

Walt Disney World resort hotels to begin charging for overnight parking

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Effective for reservations made March 21, 2018 and thereafter, standard overnight self-parking is available to registered Guests for a fee that will be applied to their hotel folio upon check-out. All parking fees include applicable tax. Standard Overnight Parking charges per Resort Category: Disney vacation Club Members will not be charged for standard overnight self-parking when staying at a DVC … Read More

Episode 276 – You Can’t Have A Disney Park Without…

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There are so many ubiquitous features prevalent in Disney theme parks that have become, over time, things that just go hand in hand with Disney. You might even say these are things that you just can’t have a Disney park without. From the cast members that make up the quality guest experience Disney is known for creating to certain types … Read More

Episode 275 – Friday with Friends 03/16/2018

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On this week’s Friday with Friends listener interaction show, we place a Mouse Call to one of our listeners and loyal All About the Mouseketeers. Justin, a former Walt Disney World Cast Member, will talk with us about his favorite moments in the parks, his fond memories of Pleasure Island, why the Share a Dream Come True Parade holds a … Read More

Episode 273 – The Best Disney Rides in the World

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Recently, and article was featured on the Travel & Leisure web site by Carlye Wisel entitled “The Ultimate List of the Best Disney Rides in the World”. In this episode, we discuss select attractions from Disney parks around the globe featured in this article and talk about why they deserve to be on this list. Check out the full article … Read More

Episode 272 – Friday with Friends 03/09/2018

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This week on our listener interaction Friday with Friends episode, Beci Mahnken from MEI & Mouse Fan Travel joins us again to answer questions posed by listeners on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast Facebook Group. Together, we’ll talk about the rumor of the Wonders of Life pavilion going away to make room for the space-themed restaurant that is … Read More

Inside The Hall of Presidents

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One of the attractions in Walt Disney World that you can guarantee will get a refurbishment every 4 to 8 years is Magic Kingdom’s Hall of Presidents. With the election of each new U.S. president, a new audio-animatronic is added to the Hall of Presidents’ stage and, more often than not, this is the time when Disney takes the opportunity … Read More

Episode 271 – Disney News 03/07/2018

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This week on our Disney News episode of the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, David Ogden Stiers passes away, Coco wins the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, Disney announces a new backstage tour as part of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s 20th anniversary celebration, Disney releases a trailer for “Mary Poppins Returns”, the “Follow the Ball” campaign launches in ads in … Read More

Episode 270 – Walt Disney World Favorites

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Beci Mahnken from MEI Travel & Mouse Fan Travel joins us for a discussion on our Walt Disney World favorites. We all have our favorite rides, attractions, parades, etc., and we’re going to touch on some of those, but we’re also to really geek out and talk about our favorite bodies of water, themed lands, thrill rides, resorts, and more … Read More

Episode 269 – Friday with Friends 03/02/2018

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This week on our listener interaction Friday with Friends episode, Beci Mahnken from MEI & Mouse Fan Travel joins Bryan and Jonathan to answer questions posed by listeners on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast Facebook Group. Together, we’ll talk about tips for taking toddlers to the parks for the first time, Florida resident discount tickets in Walt Disney … Read More

Episode 268 – Disney News 02/28/2018

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This week on our Disney News episode of the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, Disney’s Animal Kingdom plans its 20th anniversary celebration, Disneyland unveils plans for a new area in Adventureland, Be Our Guest changes their menu to a pre fixe dinner menu, Animal Kingdom’s newest baby hippo can now be seen on the Kilimanjaro Safari, and Rick brings … Read More

Be Our Guest moving to pre fixe dinner menu this summer

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The Magic Kingdom’s Be Our Guest Restaurant will be introducing a new prix fixe dinner menu this summer. Beginning July 27 2018, Be Our Guest dinner will offer a three-course dinner that includes your choice of appetizer and entrée, followed by a personal dessert platter. Pricing will be $55 for adults and $35 for children, or two Disney Dining Plan … Read More

Animal Kingdom’s 20th anniversary celebration

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Disney will mark the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom with an expanded Party for the Planet celebration, taking place from April 22 to May 5 2018. Over the two-week “Party for the Planet celebration, guests can attend conservation talks by animal-care experts and participate in enhanced interactions with some of the more than 2,000 animals that make their home … Read More

First look at baby Hippo born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom last month

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom announced today that the baby hippo born last month is named Augustus, and is a boy. Weighing in at 168 pounds, Augustus is the first hippo born at the park in 13 years. He is often seen staying close to his mom, Tuma. The birth of Augustus marks another success for the dedicated and highly trained team … Read More

Episode 266 – Friday with Friends 02/23/2018

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This week on our listener interaction Friday with Friends episode, Sarah Evans joins in as co-host to answer questions posed by listeners on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast Facebook Group. Together, we’ll talk about our top must-do attractions in Walt Disney World, Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue at Ft. Wilderness vs. the Spirit of Aloha Dinner show at … Read More

Episode 265 – Disney News 02/21/2018

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This week on our Disney News episode of the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, we get an official opening date for Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, new treats are coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World including rose gold churros, fried twinkies, and buffalo chicken hot dogs, Disney’s Animal Kingdom performs an amputation on a Nile crocodile, … Read More

Episode 264 – Paul Barrie Returns to WDW

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This week we talk with Paul Barrie from A Window to the Magic about his latest trip to Walt Disney World. Paul has been serving his listeners on his podcast with high-quality Disneyland audio for over a decade. Recently, he spent several days in Walt Disney World, after a lengthy absence, collecting a treasure trove of audio for his listeners. … Read More

Toy Story Land has an official opening date!

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Disney today announced on ABC’s Good Morning America that Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will officially open June 30 2018. Source: WDWMagic.com

Episode 263 – Friday with Friends 02/16/18

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This week’s Listener Interaction show was recorded on Facebook LIVE while taking comments and questions from our viewers watching from home. We also answer questions submitted by our listeners via social media. This week we’ll discuss some of our favorite Disney afternoon TV shows and other TV shows we watched while growing up, rumors about the monorail cars being updated … Read More

Dooney and Bourke MagicBands coming to Walt Disney World

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A new Magicband color, cream, will be available on a limited release Dooney & Bourke MagicBand that will come in specialty suitcase-themed packaging and may be purchased exclusively in the theme parks for $48 plus tax. Another Dooney & Bourke-branded MagicBand, with a limited edition size of 500, will be offered at the 10th Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend expo … Read More

More details and concept art for Alien Swirling Saucers ride

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Disney today revealed some new concept art of the upcoming Alien Swirling Saucers in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You might recognize the ride as being a clone of Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree from Disney California Adventure, but at Walt Disney World, the theme is aliens and flying saucers. Disney describes the experience as, “Once the aliens have powered … Read More

Episode 261 – More Secret Stories of WDW

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We are thrilled to be joined again by Jim Korkis in this episode to talk about more stories and details behind some of the classic attractions in Walt Disney World theme parks. In this episode, he focuses mainly on Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Pandora – The World of Avatar, and the land that it replaced – Camp Minnie Mickey. Jim is … Read More

Episode 260 – Friday with Friends 02/09/18

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This week’s Listener Interaction show was recorded on Facebook LIVE while taking comments and questions from our viewers watching from home. We also answer questions submitted by our listeners via social media. This week we’ll discuss the trailer for the new Star Wars movie “Solo: A Star Wars Story”, the half-time show for Super Bowl LII featuring Justin Timberlake, the … Read More

Episode 259 – Disney News 02/07/18

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This week on our Disney News episode of the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, we get a peek at the latest Star Wars film, “Solo: A Star Wars Story”, new dance party offerings are coming to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom, Mobile Ordering in Walt Disney World incorporates the Dining Plan, Walt Disney World’s All-Star resorts to get … Read More

Mobile Ordering now available for the Disney Dining Plan

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Mobile Order allows you to pay for meals on-the-go within the My Disney Experience app, bypassing the queue to order at the restaurant. Using the app, you can select menu items, customize an order and pre-pay for a meal. Arriving at the restaurant, you tap an “I’m here” button in the app, which will notify the kitchen to prepare the … Read More

Jim MacPhee takes on new role as Senior Vice President, Operations

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Forty year Disney veteran Jim MacPhee is assuming the newly created role of Senior Vice President, Operations at Walt Disney World. Previously the Senior Vice President, Parks, the new role oversees all site operations, including Disney Springs, Live Entertainment, Food and Beverage, Resorts, Transportation and Parks. Senior Vice President, Disney Springs and ESPN Wide World of Sports Maribeth Bisienere will … Read More

Jose and Panchito join the Discovery Island Carnivale

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Beginning February 4, José and Panchito will join in the Discovery Island Carnivale at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The dance party features music from the Viva Gaia Street Band and takes place nightly through May 5 2018. Source: WDWMagic.com

Guardians of the Galaxy Dance Party coming to Epcot

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Super Heroes take over the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot this summer with a Guardians of the Galaxy Dance Party. Star-Lord and Gamora from the Guardians of the Galaxy will join an alien band, taking guests on a journey through the cosmos. The party will feature hits from Awesome Mix Tapes 1 and 2 – fun and favorite tunes from … Read More

Disney Pixar superheroes to take over Tomorrowland

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The Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland is debuting new entertainment offerings, with new experiences beginning this summer. Favorite Disney•Pixar super heroes will take over Tomorrowland – celebrating all things super from May 25 2018. Guests will party with Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and Frozone from Disney•Pixar’s ‘The Incredibles’ and upcoming ‘Incredibles 2.’ For the first time ever, guests will get to see Edna … Read More

Episode 258 – Secret Stories of WDW w/ Jim Korkis

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We are thrilled to be joined by Jim Korkis in this episode to talk about the stories and detailed behind some of the classic attractions in Walt Disney World theme parks. Jim is a Disney historian and author of “Secret Stories of Walt Disney World”, who has interviewed and talked to countless Imagineers and Disney cast members who have played … Read More

Episode 256 – Disney News 01/31/2018

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This week on our Disney news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, Star Wars Galactic Nights returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Flavor Lab is working up new desserts for Disney theme parks, Disney’s Minnie Van service begins making runs to Orlando International Airport, the Egg-stravaganza Easter egg hunt returns to Epcot, a man finds a kidney … Read More

Star Wars Galactic Nights Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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The Star Wars: Galactic Nights ticketed event will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 27 2018. Tickets are not yet on sale, but expect pricing and the offering to be similar to previous events. Star Wars: Galactic Nights is a Star Wars-themed event held after park hours from 7 p.m.-midnight. It celebrates the entire Star Wars saga with special … Read More

Episode 255 – Disney Resolutions 2018

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We all have resolutions that we make at the beginning of each New Year to either better ourselves or accomplish something. From seeing more Disney-related film to getting to the theme parks more often, we all have these little Disney-related things in life that we would like to accomplish or improve upon. In this episode, we’ll talk about our 2018 … Read More

Egg-stravaganza Returns to Epcot This Spring

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The 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will offer a new scavenger hunt this year in addition to the returning Egg-stravaganza hunt. From March 16 through April 1, guests can participate in an Egg-stravaganza scavenger hunt – hunting high and low in World Showcase for “eggs” that portray favorite Disney characters. As you find the hidden Disney Character-themed “eggs” … Read More

Disney’s All Star Movies Resort to Undergo Major Refurbishment

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Disney’s All Star Movies Resort will begin an extensive room refurbishment program beginning February 2018. The new rooms look strikingly similar to the refurbished rooms at Pop Century, and feature two queen beds, with one being a Murphy bed doubling as a table while in the upright position. Each room will have large flat screen wall mounted TVs, and USB … Read More

Disney’s Minnie Van Service Extends to Orlando International Airport

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Disney’s Minnie Van Service is now offering transportation from select Walt Disney World Resort hotels to Orlando International Airport. Airport Minnie Van Service can carry 6 passengers and up to 3 car seats for guests under the age of 6. The service is available for airline flight departures from 9am to midnight, and Disney recommends to use the Resort Airline … Read More

Episode 254 – Listener Interaction 01/26/18

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This week’s Listener Interaction show was recorded live on Facebook LIVE while taking comments and questions from our viewers watching from home. We also answer questions submitted by our listeners via social media. This week we’ll discuss and explain DVC point rental, give some suggestions on things to do for extended stays in Walt Disney World, give our thoughts on … Read More

Disney to give $1,000 bonuses to 125,000 employees

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More than 125,000 employees at Walt Disney Company across the globe will each receive a $1,000 cash bonus, the company announced Tuesday. The company will also invest $50 million to help hourly employees pay for college tuition starting with the upcoming fall semester, company chairman and chief executive officer Robert Iger announced Tuesday. Nearly 88,000 employees are eligible. “I have … Read More

Episode 253 – Disney News 01/24/18

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This week on our Disney news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge merchandise shows up in the parks, Pluto gets to meet another canine who has since become a viral sensation, Festival of the Arts features some new and exclusive Photopass Magic Shots, Disney announces plans to do a modern version of the … Read More

Episode 252 – Club Level Fastpass+

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Disney’s announcement of additional Fastpasses available for purchases for guests staying Club Level at WDW resort hotels has sparked a lot of polarizing discussion. On one side, many people think this is a blatant money grab by Disney to show favor and provide additional Fastpasses for guests who art fortunate enough to be able to spend massive amounts of money. … Read More

Episode 251 – Listener Interaction 01/19/18

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This week’s Listener Interaction show was recorded live on Facebook LIVE while taking comments and questions from our viewers watching from home. We also answer questions submitted by our listeners via social media. This week we’ll talk about whether or not Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is worth the cost, our thoughts on the new Fastpass+ options for Club Level … Read More

Episode 250 – Disney News 01/17/18

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This week on our Disney news episode of the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast Disney announces new Fastpass+ options for Club Level rooms at select Walt Disney World Deluxe resorts, Black Panther breaks pre-sale ticket sales record for Marvel movies, Disney adds a virtual element to a runDisney challenge, and much more!

Episode 249 – DVC By Resale

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Shontell Crawford from DVC By Resale joins us to talk a little bit about what the Disney Vacation Club is, what DVC By Resale is, how the market for DVC is shifting, and why now might be the perfect time so buy or sell DVC on the resale market. Whether you’ve ever considered buying into the Disney Vacation Club or … Read More

Saying Goodbye to Stitch’s Great Escape

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Though we haven’t gotten any official word from the Walt Disney World resort as to when and if Stitch’s Great Escape will officially induct its last batch of Galactic Federation recruits, the “seasonal” status it has been branded with recently all but assures that this attraction will be replaced with something else in the near future. It wasn’t an easy … Read More

WDW Confirms New Option To Add More Fastpass+ Selections

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Ever since the introduction of FastPass+ there has been speculation that Disney will one day begin selling additional FastPass+, and it looks like this week will see that service introduced. Beginning Friday January 12 2018, guests staying in eligible rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels will be able to purchase a new theme park extra that includes additional … Read More

Episode 248 – Listener Interaction 01/12/18

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This week, for our Listener Interaction episode, we invite one of our good friends, frequent fill-in co-hosts, and loyal listeners Sara Evans to join us. Recently, Sara posted a question on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast Facebook group looking for ideas for places to go to or bars to check out while she and her husband are down … Read More

Walt Disney World Closing Children’s Activities Centers

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Due to decreased usage, Walt Disney World will be closing the three Children’s Activity Centers located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club. Disney will accommodate every existing reservation, but July 31 will be the last day of operation for these centers. Disney will refer parents to the third-party Kid’s Nite Out … Read More

Episode 246 – A First-timer’s WDW Trip Report Prt. 2

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Last week we featured Part 1 of a 2-part discussion we have with two people taking their first ever trip to Walt Disney World with Jonathan. This week we’ll conclude our discussion with Lindsey and Jen and talk about their experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you would like to contact … Read More

The Land pavilion to close Circle of Life theater in February

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The ‘Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable’ at The Land pavilion in Epcot will have its final showing on February 3, 2018. In the short term, Disney Performing Arts, a youth program by Disney, will begin using the space for performances and classes. It is expected that the theater will be used again for a permanent attraction at a later … Read More

Episode 245 – Listener Interaction 01/05/18

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This week for our Listener Interaction episode, we answer questions from listeners about the safest Walt Disney World resort restaurant to take a picky eater to, Jonathan’s favorite Disney Christmas specials, attractions we would like to see Disney add to their theme parks and more!

Episode 244 – Disney News 01/03/18

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This week in Disney news we get more details about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, we suffer a very dear loss of one of the Citizens of Hollywood, Imagineers unveil new details about the Incredicoaster at Disney’s California Adventure, Walt Disney World resort hotels remove “Do not disturb” signs from their rooms, and much more!

Episode 243 – A First-timer’s WDW trip report

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Happy New Year!! We kick off 2018 with our first episode of the year on our new release format. It’s Monday and that means it’s our feature discussion show. This week we are featuring part 1 of a two-part discussion we had with Jonathan’s good friends Jen and Lindsay, who recently took their first trip to Walt Disney World with … Read More

No more “Do Not Disturb” in WDW

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Walt Disney World resorts are beginning to do away with one traditional hotel feature — and the possible reason why is haunting. Four of the Florida theme park’s main hotels, The Polynesian, The Grand Floridian, The Contemporary and The Bay Lake Resorts, will now have “room occupied” signs in place of the usual “do not disturb” signs. Guests can use … Read More

Episode 242 – 2017 Ear In Review

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It’s that time of year again! As 2017 comes to an end, we take a look back at all of the Disney news and announcements that took place over the course of the year. Join us, along with Window to the Magic host Paul Barrie, as we remember the many pieces of news that had us all talking about Disney … Read More

Episode 241 – Extinct Attraction Audio

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This week on All About the Mouse, our good friend Sam Polkinghorne has put together a special collection of extinct attraction audio based on listener feedback and requests. This episode features some of the most beloved and reminisced-about attractions like America Sings, The Timekeeper, Kitchen Kabaret, and more. Jonathan will also give us his SPOILER FREE review of Star Wars: … Read More

Hall of Presidents reopens with President Trump animatronic

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Following a year-long transformation, The Hall of Presidents will officially reopen at Magic Kingdom Park on Tuesday, December 19, with enhancements that will bring the story of the American presidency to life as never before. The epic theatrical production was envisioned by Walt Disney himself to honor the country by honoring the presidents of the United States. This endeavor began … Read More

Episode 239 – Disney Christmas Specials

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This week our good friend Bryce Yelverton joins us to talk about all of the many Disney Christmas specials that have been released over the years. From Mickey’s Christmas Carol to the Wonderful World of Disney Magical Holiday Celebration, Disney never fails to get audiences feeling jolly and festive. Some of these specials have become timeless Disney classics that are … Read More

12 Days of Disney Parks

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Beginning tomorrow, Disney Parks Blog is launching their first-ever 12 Days of Disney Parks Christmas featuring daily updates on exciting new offerings coming to Walt Disney Parks & Resorts in 2018 and beyond. From December 5 through December 16, they’re unveiling exclusive new details about events, entertainment, attractions and more at the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Aulani, a … Read More

Frozen Ever After Fastpass+ now available beginning at 9:00 AM

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One of the most popular attractions in Epcot is, no doubt, Frozen Ever After located in the Norway pavilion. Until recently, Fastpass+ selections were not available until 11:00 am when the rest of World Showcase officially opens. This meant that guests wanting to hit up Frozen Ever After early in the morning had to wait in standby lines with lines … Read More

Episode 238 – Positively Disney

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This week we are joined by author Kimberly Bouchard to talk about her “Positively Disney” book series, which features feel-good stories inspired by Disney theme parks, movies, fans, and more. We all have our favorite memories from the parks as well as other aspects of Disney that make us feel good inside, and they all mean different things to each … Read More

Must-See Christmas Season Items in Walt Disney World

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Well, the Thanksgiving holiday is officially over, and that means I can begin my transition into the Christmas season. Christmas is my favorite time of year, but I’m one of these people that will shake my head in frustration/disgust every time I hear a Christmas song on the radio before Thanksgiving or see Christmas merchandise in stores before Halloween. We … Read More

Episode 237 – Thanksgiving Movie Releases

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This week we’re back with a normal show and we’re talking about Disney Thanksgiving movie releases. From “Beauty and the Beast” to “Coco”, Disney has been releasing blockbuster films over the long Thanksgiving weekend, and we’re going to talk about the dozens of films that have been released during this busy time of year and look at their successes (and … Read More

Episode 236 – Disney Park Audio

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This week’s show is completely different from anything we’ve done before! Due to some technical difficulties at the All About the Mouse Studios East, we were unable to put together our normal format show. However, one of our good friends and loyal listeners, Sam, put together a fantastic episode of park audio for us to feature in this week’s show … Read More

Episode 235 – Creative Director and Author Dave Bossert

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This week we are talking with someone who has worked on dozens of Disney animated films like The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hercules, and more! Dave Bossert has not only had a hand in creating Disney classics, he has also worked on restoring several older Disney classics like Snow White and the … Read More

SpectacuLAB coming to Epcot’s Innoventions

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A new show called The SpectacuLAB will open in Epcot’s Innoventions later this fall. Located in Innoventions East and presented by Murata, the show will feature demonstrations that bring to life the wonders of science and innovation.  Guests visiting The SpectacuLAB will be invited to step inside and join a group of real scientists, along with their eager tech-savvy intern, for a … Read More

A look at Woody’s Lunch Box

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Today we’re happy to share a look at a new area planned for Toy Story Land we haven’t unveiled until now – Woody’s Lunch Box. When Toy Story Land opens in Summer 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests will shrink to the size of a toy and explore all of the fun (and toys!) Andy has constructed in his backyard. … Read More

Episode 234 – Disney Facts You May Not Know

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This week we have a fascinating list of fun facts about Disney movies and Disney characters to talk about. Whether you’re a casual Disney fan or a self-professed “Disney addict”, there are lots of interesting facts about these classic Disney movies and characters that you never knew. This week, we reference an article recently written on E Online and talk … Read More

My Walt Disney World Bucket List

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Living in Florida and a mere 2 1/2 hours away from Walt Disney World has afforded me the ability to make numerous trips to the Disney theme parks multiple times a year. Naturally, I have experienced much of what the Walt Disney World resort has to offer, but believe it or not, there is still plenty to do there that … Read More

Epcot’s 2017 Candlelight Processional Celebrity Narrator Line-up

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Disney has completed its line-up for celebrity narrators for this year’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot. Completing the line-up from the first update, Ana Gasteyer and Jodi Benson both return, along with a first appearance from Disney Legend Kurt Russell. Here is the full list of narrators: The Candlelight Processional is performed three times per night (5:00, 6:45 and 8:15pm) during … Read More

Disney tests out pet-friendly resort hotels

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We have exciting news for Disney Parks fans who are also dog lovers. Beginning this Sunday, Oct. 15, for the first time ever, the Walt Disney World Resort will welcome guests – and their dogs – to four of its resort properties! As part of this new dog-friendly pilot program, four Walt Disney World resort hotels have been designated dog … Read More

Episode 231 – Disney Cruise Line Revisited

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast we revisit a subject we haven’t really talked about in quite some time – Disney Cruise Line. One of our loyal listeners, Stefani, joins us to talk about her experiences on several Disney Cruise Line sailings including her most recent sailing to Alaska and a repositioning cruise going from Vancouver to … Read More

Disney makes “The Dream Called EPCOT” available

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As Epcot is celebrating its 35th anniversary, Disney has made available the original promotional video made to show guests what was to come entitled, “The Dream Called EPCOT”. The film ran at the EPCOT Preview Center in Magic Kingdom and it served as an introduction to this exciting new theme park based on Walt’s original idea of the Experimental Prototype … Read More

Walt Disney World extends 45th anniversary passholder discounts

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Walt Disney World is extending an offer that was originally offered to annual passholders through September 30th. The 45th anniversary of Walt Disney World annual passholder offer has been extended until December 23, 2017. The offer gives annual passholders 20% off of all food and non-alcoholic drinks at 45 different dining locations on property.

New D23 2018 Events Announced

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In 2018, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club brings a new roster of events for fans around the country to enjoy. DESTINATION D: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICKEY: November 18, 2018, will mark 90 years since Mickey Mouse made his debut in Steamboat Willie at the Colony Theatre in New York City, and D23 is throwing a party at Disney’s Contemporary Resort … Read More

Disney pays Cast Members for lost wages due to Hurricane Irma

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This information comes straight from Disney 9/14/2017: “The word “unprecedented” is tossed around a lot, but Hurrican Irma was all of that and then some. As I write this, we have Cast Members who are going through the aftermath of the largest hurricane in Atlantic Tropical Cyclone history. We are deeply concerned about our Cast Members, and our immediate focus … Read More

Walt Disney World Snack Kiosks Added To Mobile Order

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The Lunching Pad at the Magic Kingdom has been added to Mobile Order today, with Aloha Isle also set to be joining the service tomorrow. These are the first kiosks to be added to the service, following the rollout of nearly all Disney operated counter service restaurants. Mobile Order allows you to pay for meals on-the-go within the My Disney … Read More

“Star Wars Galactic Nights” Returns To DHS

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Star Wars: Galactic Nights is back at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on December 16 2017 and this time offers premium add-ons. This will be the second installment of the special ticketed event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and will include much of the offerings from the original held back in April 2017. Along with character encounters, entertainment includes enhanced versions of ‘Star … Read More

Walt Disney World Closes Down For Irma; Costing Millions

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UPDATE: Disney has decided to close Disney World early on Saturday due to the approaching Hurricane Irma. Disney has said it hopes to resume normal operations starting Tuesday, September 12. Hurricane Irma is barreling toward Florida and is expected to cause major damage, including to Disney World. Disney World generates about $30 million in revenue a day for its parent … Read More

6 Reasons Why I Love Going to Disney In October

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One of the questions we ask out listeners whenever we do a Mouse Call on the podcast is, “What is your favorite time of year to go to Disney and why?”. Some people may tell you that it doesn’t matter. After all, a bad day at Disney is better than your best day at work, right? Well, that may be … Read More

Sumatran Tigers born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom is celebrating the birth of a pair of Sumatran tiger cubs – the very first in the park’s history. According to Dr Mark Penning, ‘Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks,’ Sohni and her cubs are bonding well and will be out on the Maharajah Jungle Trek within the next several months. Fewer than 500 Sumatran … Read More

Happily Ever After

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast we are dedicating the entire show to the new Magic Kingdom fireworks show “Happily Ever After”. After replacing “Wishes” just a few months ago, “Happily Ever After” has been enjoyed by thousands of guests from all over the world, and your AATM host Bryan Ripper recently had a chance to see … Read More

Two Downtown Disney stores close for Star Wars VR experience

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The Disneyland Resort has announced that two Downtown Disney stores will close to make way for the Star Wars virtual reality experience that was recently announced in a new partnership with Void Experience Centers. Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will allow guests to walk freely into a galaxy far, far away…using a combination of virtual reality and physical surroundings. … Read More

Muppets Courtyard set to become Grand Park

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Muppets Courtyard and part of the old Streets of America is also being re-imagined and will become part of the new Grand Avenue. Disney shared that Grand Avenue was inspired by the “revitalization and the vibrant culture of present-day downtown Los Angeles” where vintage-style office buildings and warehouses will be converted to facades for “merchants” appearing in the form of … Read More

Interchangable bow collection available at D-Living

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The new Interchangeable Bow collection was first released at the Disney Dream Store at the D23 Expo last month. It has been announced that the new headwear is now available at the D-Living store in Disney Springs. The new headband includes a starter sequin bow that is removable. Currently there are six Disney bow designs that can be clipped onto … Read More

Treats at this year’s Halloween Party

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The first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party of the season is approaching fast and the Disney Parks Blog has given us a sneak peek at some of the delicious treats guests can expect to see for sale! A Pumpkin Mickey Waffle with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, sprinkles, and caramel sauce will be available at Sleepy Hollow. Jack Skellington will have … Read More

Express transportation service to be discontinued

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Disney’s Express Transportation service will be discontinued later this month, with the final day of service set for August 22 2017. The final day to purchase the Express Transportation option will be August 16 2017, with the multi-day version remaining usable through August 22 2017. Introduced in December 2016, the Express Transportation cost $15 per person for a single day, … Read More

Episode 224 – Tribute to The Great Movie Ride and Ellen

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast we take a look at two Walt Disney World attractions that are going to be closing down for good. The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Ellen’s Energy Adventure in Epcot have both entertained millions of guests over the years, and they have both deservedly earned their spot … Read More

10 Great Things About The Great Movie Ride

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Disney recently made some mind-blowing announcements at the 2017 D23 Expo that became the source of anticipation and excitement for many fans and visitors of the Walt Disney World Resort. In addition to more details about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (the official name for what we’ve been calling “Star Wars Land” for so long), it was announced that The Great … Read More

American Idol to hold auditions at Disney Springs

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“American Idol,” will debut on its new home at ABC in 2018, and open auditions will begin at the Walt Disney World Resort. The Idol bus will be at Disney Springs on August 17 giving you the chance to audition with “American Idol” Producers. (Celebrity Judges will not be on site.) Early arrival is encouraged. Parking will be available as … Read More

New Star Wars VR experience coming to Disney Springs

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Soon, you’ll be able to literally step inside Star Wars. Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB, and THE VOID today announced a new hyper-reality experience called Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, which promises to plunge fans into the Star Wars universe. Created by ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment division, in collaboration with THE VOID, it will open to the public at two new VOID … Read More

Epcot retro merchandise commemorates 35th anniversary

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This October, Epcot celebrates its 35th Anniversary at Walt Disney World Resort. To commemorate this milestone occasion, the Disney Parks Merchandise team has created a retro-inspired merchandise collection that captures the essence of a spirited phrase from Epcot’s beginnings, “We’ve just begun to dream.” I spoke with Eric Caszatt, Creative Manager with the Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media Creative … Read More

Rex from Star Tours will be back in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

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We’ve just learned that Rex, everyone’s favorite first-time pilot, will be the DJ in the new cantina coming to the cantina in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge! Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open at Disneyland before it opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. Source: WDWinfo.com

New Pandora: The World of Avatar Magic Bands available

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When Pandora – The World of Avatar first opened, it did so already offering some great MagicBand 2 designs. Lucky for us, they aren’t stopping there; Disney just released two new stunning designs to decorate your wrist and enhance your park experience. These displays of Pandoran pride can be found in Windtraders right now! The first of the two new … Read More

New Magic Band celebrates 45th anniversary and railroad

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A new limited edition MagicBand, available starting today, has been released in celebration of the Magic Kingdom‘s 45th Anniversary! The band heavily features the Walt Disney World Railroad. There are only 2,500 bands available, so if you are interested get them while they last. The new limited edition MagicBand costs $32.99, and you can find it online on the Shop … Read More

Captain’s Grille becomes Ale & Compass

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Back in May, we told you about the Market at Ale & Compass opening at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. This was the first major step in the re-imagining of dining options at the nautical-themed resort. This re-imagining will also include a re-imagined lobby lounge and new concept for the former Captain’s Grille. A brand new Ale & Compass concept will … Read More

The Contemporary announces 3 separate New Years Eve parties

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Beginning July 11, reservations will be open for three uniquely-themed parties set to take place on New Year’s Eve at the Convention Center at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The first party, “Disney Countdown to Midnight,” will take place from 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. in the Fantasia Ballroom and will feature an evening of dining and dancing exclusively for guests ages … Read More

DisneyQuest closes for good this weekend

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Disney’s (NYSE: DIS) once-promising push into location-based entertainment officially dies this weekend. DisneyQuest — the five-level video arcade at its Disney Springs shopping, dining, and entertainment complex — will unplug its collection of video games and themed attractions for the last time on Sunday night. The NBA Experience will eventually take its place, an immersive basketball experience that makes a … Read More

Siemens ends sponsorship of Spaceship Earth at Epcot

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Siemens, the company that sponsors Spaceship Earth, Illuminations, and It’s A Small World in Disneyland, has decided to not renew their 12 year long contract with Disney. Siemens is one of the largest industrial manufacturers in the world, and have helped with developing a number of items used in the parks. Siemens also sponsored the ABC studio sign in Times … Read More

Disney removes bride auction from Pirates of the Caribbean

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The Hall of Presidents isn’t the only Disney attraction getting an overhaul. Suzi Brown, a spokeswoman for Disneyland Resorts, confirmed on Friday that the popular “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride will be swapping out a scene in which a pirate buys his wife at auction. The scene, which appeared in the “Pirates” rides at Disney World, Disneyland and Disneyland Paris, … Read More

Episode 216 – All Things Star Wars

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast Jonathan is joined by Don Morin and Melissa McGuire for a discussion about all things Star Wars. Bryan is touring the country with his family on vacation, so this week we are getting our Star Wars fix and geeking out on everything from Tauntauns to Sith lords in the movies … Read More

New Menu Items Available At WDW Restaurants

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Brand new menu items have appeared on several menus throughout the Walt Disney World Resort this month. At the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, new menu items including new burgers starring a signature blend of beef have made their debut. The “Drive-In BBQ Burger” has house-made barbecue sauce, bacon, cheddar, crispy, fried jalapeño, and onion straws on … Read More

Resort Specific Channels Now Available At WDW Resort Hotels

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Walt Disney World resorts now have a specific channel designated to each resort. The channel plays throughout the day to inform guests on resort dining information, merchandise shops, transportation, pool hours, the weather, and much more! The new channel is named “Your Disney Resort” and plays on channel 3. Source: WDWinfo.com

Episode 212 – Farewell to “Wishes” w/ Composer Greg Smith

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast Paul Barrie from A Window To The Magic is filling in for Jonathan while he is still away in Italy. Together we’re going to be remembering “Wishes” as it makes way for the new fireworks show at Magic Kingdom, “Happily Ever After”. Later in the show we’ll have the man … Read More

“Happily Ever After” opens in Magic Kingdom

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Walt Disney World’s next generation of nighttime show made a spectacular debut this week at the Magic Kingdom. “Happily Ever After” combines fireworks, projections, and lasers, as guests follow favorite Disney characters on an adventure to seek out their destiny, face adversity and ultimately fulfill their dreams on the road to their happily ever after. Replacing Wishes, the 18 minute … Read More

Episode 211 – The Disney Treatment For Moms

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast Jessica Sanders from The Happiest Blog On Earth fills in for Jonathan Dichter as co-host. Together, we’ll recognize Mother’s Day by talking about great ideas to give your mother the Disney treatment in the Disney theme parks in Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Whether you’re going to be in the … Read More

Get a Banshee in Pandora

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Every new land needs a must-have piece of merchandise, and at Pandora – The World of Avatar, it’s your very own Banshee. The official Disney Parks Blog has shared photos of Windtraders (the main shop in Pandora), where there is a dedicated space for banshees – The Rookery. A Naturalist from Alpha Centauri Expeditions is on-hand to assist with choosing … Read More

Wishes merchandise on sale in Magic Kingdom

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Wishes is nearing is nearing the conclusion of its almost 15 year run at the Magic Kingdom, and Disney has released a range of farewell merchandise to mark the occasion. All three items are available in the Emporium on Main Street U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom. First is a black glow-in-the-dark T-Shirt, available for $27.99. A Tervis brand Wishes Farewell … Read More

Episode 210 – Jonathan’s WDW Trip Report

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast Jonathan Dichter returns to the show and we spend some time talking about the new experiences he got to try out on his recent trip to Walt Disney World. We’ll also touch on a review of the Skipper Canteen restaurant in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland and give a brief behind the … Read More

Celebration cakes coming to Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney World has released a look at a new dessert that will be coming to table-service dining locations throughout the resort. The new Mickey Mouse celebration cakes will be available to order beginning May 17th at Disney owned-and-operated sit-down restaurants. The Mickey-shaped cakes are available in chocolate or white chocolate and can be customized with the messages “Happy Birthday” … Read More

New Magic Band colors and designs

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Disney Parks Blog released an overview of some of the new MagicBand 2 colors that have been released at Walt Disney World. Guests have been asking for new colors, and it looks like Disney has delivered with black and teal limited edition designs. The first design is a Star Wars 40th Anniversary graphic band, which was first sold at Disney’s … Read More

Free Dining Returns to Walt Disney World

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The much anticipated free Disney Dining Plan has been announced for 2017! Guests visiting August 21-September 30, November 14-20, November 25-27, and December 8-23, 2017 can get a free dining plan when they purchase a non-discounted Walt Disney World Resort hotel and ticket package. Guests looking to take advantage of this limited time offer must purchase a 5-night/6-day Magic Your … Read More

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: A New Frontier

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One of the things I look forward to when I visit Walt Disney World is the resort that I will be staying in during my trip. Walt Disney World has an amazing selection of resort hotels that allow the magic of the parks to follow the guests back to their room at the end of the day. One of my … Read More

Magic Kingdom to feature special Dapper Day offerings

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Guests will have the choice of Fried Chicken, Chicken Caesar Salad, Greek Salad Wrap, or BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich; all lunches come with house-made chips, a fruit cup, a Dapper Rose cupcake, and a fountain beverage. Kids’ Meal choices are Chicken Strips, or Uncrustables Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich; those include house-made chips, a Go-Go SqueeZ, a mini Dapper Rose … Read More

Episode 207 – The Hodge Podge Episode

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast we are talking about a variety of different Disney-related topics. There have been a number of things that we’ve been meaning to talk about on the show lately from movie reviews to news items, and this week we’re going to catch up with an all-inclusive discussion about all things Disney. … Read More

Episode 206 – The Dreamfinder

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, we interview Ron Schneider, famous for playing the walk-around Dreamfinder character from Epcot. Ron has had an amazing career in theme parks and more for nearly 40 years. With his years of experiences in the parks and entertainment industry, he has amassed some terrific stories, and he’s here to share … Read More

Episode 204 – Attractions You Don’t Need A Fastpass For

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, Jessica Sanders from The Happiest Blog on Earth and author of “Disneyland on any budget” joins us to talk about attractions at both the Walt Disney World resort and the Disneyland resort in California that you don’t need to waste a Fastpass on. Everyone wants to make the most of … Read More

Satu’li Canteen Restaurant And Mobile App Announced For Pandora

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They just released dining details for Satu’li Canteen, as well as some new developments in the ordering process. Thematically speaking, the Satu’li Canteen was once a mess hall belong to the RDA (Resources Development Association) but has since been converted to a dining area by Alpha Centauri Expeditions. The decor is museum-like, focused on the Na’vi culture with “hand-woven tapestries, … Read More

Episode 203 – Killing Time While Waiting In Line

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast we are gearing up for the warmer months and busy crowds with a discussion on things to do while you’re waiting in line for attractions in Disney theme parks. Our good friend Bryce Yelverton, author of Coaster Crusade, joins us for some tips and ideas of fun ways to pass … Read More

Episode 202 – The Must-Do’s of Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast we are talking all about the movies and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Even with all of the constructions going on right now to make room for Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land, there are still plenty of must-do attractions and experiences that should not be missed at this park. This … Read More

Cirque du Soleil La Nouba closing in 2017

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The Disney Parks Blog announced that, La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil will have its final show on December 31, 2017. The show performed at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) for almost twenty years. La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil has had over 8,500 performances at that location, and has been viewed by over 10 million guests. Senior Vice President … Read More

Episode 201 – Don Hahn Talks Live-action B & B

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, legendary Disney producer talks with us about his latest project and soon to be released live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson. Don produced the original modern day Disney classic animated film and he is thrilled to talk about the latest incarnation of this magical fairy tale. … Read More

Episode 200 – All About the Mouse Episode 200 Extravaganza!

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast we are celebrating 200 episodes! We began this show 10 years ago and we are thrilled to be celebrating 200 episodes of talking about Disney, interviewing legendary Disney celebrities, breaking Disney news, and bringing you magic and mayhem every single week. In celebration of episode 200, we are bringing you … Read More

Major Additions And Refurbishments Coming to Disney’s Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach Resorts

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Some exciting additions and refurbishments are coming to Disney’s Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach resorts in Walt Disney World. The following was posted on the Disney Parks Blog this week: “Today, we are thrilled to share with you that changes are on the horizon at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort over the next two years and let me tell you, there … Read More

Episode 199 – Captain EO with Imagineer Terri Hardin

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast we welcome back legendary Disney Imagineer Terri Hardin to talk about Captain EO. Terri worked alongside Michael Jackson, Francis Ford Coppola, and Anjelica Huston on Captain EO, which opened up at Epcot in the Magic Eye Theater in 1986. Terri shares her experiences with working with this amazing group of … Read More

Top 10 Places To Propose In Disney Theme Parks

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Disney theme parks can be some of the most magical places on earth. So, it’s no surprise that people have been using the magical fairytale setting of the parks as the site for their marriage proposals to their soul mates for years. But, where is the best place in the park to propose? Well, the possibilities are endless. Depending on … Read More

Episode 197 – Bring Back That Old Disney Magic

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This week on the All About the Mouse Disney Podcast, we invite one of our loyal listeners on the show to co-host and participate in a discussion that he suggested. We all have things that we originally fell in love with all throughout the Disney organization. Whether it’s theme parks or movies, a lot has changed over the years, and … Read More

Episode 196 – Disney Princesses

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This week we are joined again by Brooke Lowry of the Redefining Royalty blog to talk with us about some of our favorite Disney Princesses. Disney has a wide array of princesses with various personality, physical, and character traits, and we’re going to break them down and look at what makes each one unique and special. In the new this … Read More

Episode 195 – Add, Remove, and Change (Epcot)

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This week we have a surprise guest host on the show. We welcome one of our loyal listeners, Sara from Maryland, to talk about changes that we would like to see come to Epcot. Epcot is a classic Disney theme park that has stood the test of time for almost 35 years, but with all of the things being added … Read More

Concept Art and New Name Released for New Typhoon Lagoon Water Coaster

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Along with the change of name from the originally announced Miss Fortune Falls, Disney has unveiled a new piece of concept art giving a first look at the new water slide. Miss Fortune Fall’s is Disney’s longest water park ride, and features a conveyor belt lift hill at the start of the ride. This is Disney’s description of Miss Adventure … Read More

New Multi-sport arena construction at ESPN Wide World of Sports

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Today we have a first look at the new 8000 seater Multi-Sport cheer and dance venue currently under construction at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. Currently under construction and expected to open later this year, the new venue will feature a flexible design that can host a multitude of different events. Although primarily designed to host cheerleading and … Read More

Episode 194 – Taking Young Children To The Parks

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This week we are answering a listener email asking about going to the parks with young children, and we’ve brought on Jessica Sanders, author of “Disneyland On Any Budget: Money Saving Tips From The Happiest Blog On Earth”, to help us talk about some tips to help out with these trips. From baby care and nursing to eating and emergencies, … Read More

ABC’s The View To Tape At Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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The View is also offering the chance to win a a Walt Disney World vacation. The View’s Magic is Endless Sweepstakes presented by American Tourister is offering the chance for three lucky viewers to win grand-prize packages including a Walt Disney World vacation for themselves and up to three guests and attend the taping of “The View” at Disney’s Animal … Read More

Disney Introduces More Affordable Magic Kingdom Dining Plan

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Beginning on January 12, Walt Disney World guests can purchase the new Disney Dine-on-the-Go meal plan and prepay for their lunch and dinner from select quick service restaurants in the Magic Kingdom Park. The new Disney Dine-on-the-Go meal plan will be available from January 12 until February 22 to guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort. The … Read More

5 Reasons You Should Take Your Infant Or Toddler To Disney Theme Parks

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As someone who is an obvious Disney fan, I get a lot of different people at work and elsewhere asking me for advice and tips for their vacations to Disney. One of the questions I get quite a bit is the one dealing with, “How soon is too soon to take your child to Walt Disney World?”. If you ask … Read More

Characters In Flight To Get New Look In 2017

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The tethered balloon attraction will close on January 9 through to January 13, reopening to guests on January 14 2017. Part of there refurbishment will include a brand new look for the balloon, complete with a new color scheme. The original Characters in Flight was designed for Downtown Disney, and it is expected that the new look will be more … Read More

Magic Kingdom To Replace Welcome Show

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Beginning January 9, the Magic Kingdom is changing its opening procedures and welcome show. Now, guests will be allowed onto Main Street prior to opening where guests will be able to make purchases at the Main Street Bakery. Then at the park’s scheduled opening time there will be a new welcome show. The new show is described by the Disney … Read More

More Magic Kingdom Restaurants To Begin Serving Alcohol

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The Magic Kingdom is expanding the availability of alcoholic beverages at the park’s table service restaurants. Be Our Guest was the first to offer alcohol when it opened in 2012, and now wine and beer will be available at Tony’s Town Square, Jungle Cruise Skipper Canteen, and Liberty Tree Tavern. In addition, Cinderella’s Royal Table, will be adding Champagne and … Read More

Special Annual Passholder Lines Open in Walt Disney World This Week

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Starting December 21 2016, all four parks will offer dedicated entrance lines for Annual Passholders. Passholders, who are typically very familiar with the entry process, should be able to move through the lines faster by using the dedicated entry lines. The service is expected to be available throughout the holiday period until at least the end of January 2017. Story … Read More

Disney After Hours

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Ice cream novelties, popcorn, and select beverages are provided as part of your admission. In addition, you can purchase select menu items at Main Street Bakery and other locations throughout the park. Disney After Hours event nights are currently set for January 20 and 27, February 2, 9 and 16, and March 2 and 9, 2017. (Disney After Hours does … Read More

Episode 189 – Trip Report

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This week Bryce Yelverton fills in for Jonathan Dichter as co-host and we talk about some Disney experiences that are new to the parks and also just new to him. There is so much that has been added to the Walt Disney World resort over the last couple of years, and we’ll talk about some of these new experiences as … Read More

Jingle Bell, Jingle “Meh”

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The other day I was telling my wife about the new holiday night time show at Hollywood Studios, “Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam”. This show is brand new and showcases some of the impressive projection technology that has been amazing audiences at Magic Kingdom, but this time, it’s on the Chinese Theater. Set to holiday music, it utilizes special effects, fireworks, … Read More

Episode 186 – Disney Top 20

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This week we pick a specific Disney topic and category and then we go through the top 20 things in that particular category. This is similar to when we did a news story a while back about the Top 10 Resorts in Walt Disney World.

Episode 185 – Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet Update

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This week we have special guest Don Morin, organizer of the Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, on the show to talk about this extremely popular event. The Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet is a Disney fan gathering in the Seattle, Washington area of the country that has really taken off! Going into its 10th year, it has grown as a tight-knit community … Read More

New Personal Water Taxis at Disney’s Grand Floridian

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Disney’s Grand Floridian just launched a new service for guests wanting a more direct route from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort to locations on and around the Seven Seas Lagoon. For $20 per boat, each way, up to guests can board a personal water taxi at the recreation marina, near the Sugar Loaf building. The service is available from 8 am … Read More

Drone Light Show To Come To Disney Springs

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Recently, word has been spreading around about Disney possibly using drone technology in the distant or maybe even near future to implement more spectacular night time shows in the parks. We’ll Disney released a teaser that hints to this technology coming to Disney Springs in a new night time show sooner than most people probably expected. Disney obtained FAA clearance … Read More

Episode 182 – Things To Do At Night In Walt Disney World

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This week we’re talking with Beci Mahnken of Mousefan Travel about things to do at Walt Disney World at night. Especially once the parks start closing earlier, people will start finding themselves venturing out in search of things to do at night. So what do you do when you’re on vacation in Walt Disney World and all of the parks … Read More

Episode 181 – Listener Feedback

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This week we are answering questions and talking about topics suggested by our listeners from our Facebook page. Topics range from things to do with toddlers at Disneyland to Disney places to visit outside of the theme parks. We even answer some questions related to the possible return of Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and whether or not … Read More

Episode 180 – Jayme Twins Art

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Shop The Jayme Twins’ Etsy Store Jemely and Jeremy Jayme are twin sisters who are passionate storytellers and freelance artists. They’re the kind of twins that do everything together, very much like Fred and George Weasley. They’ve shown at pop culture galleries in Anaheim, CA and sell their art at comic conventions. They currently reside in Mill Creek, WA. They … Read More

Exploring Disney’s Tree of Life

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of Disney’s most unique parks to date. The park not only has that Disney magic that we are all so fond of, but it is teeming with life – literally! That is why it is so fitting that the park icon and defining structure is the 145 ft. tall Tree of Life. Modeled after a … Read More

Stitch’s Great Escape To Switch To Seasonal Status

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We have good news and bad news, depending on what side you’re on, as it pertains to Stitch’s Great Escape in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom. Saturday, October 1st will be the last day of regular operation for Stitch. As of October 2nd, the attraction will switch to “seasonal” status, meaning that it will no longer be open on a daily … Read More

Top 10 Souvenirs That Don’t Cost As Much As Your Vacation

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It’s no secret: getting to Walt Disney World isn’t a vacation on the cheap. There may be more budget-friendly ways to approach your trip, but you’re still spending hundreds, probably thousands, of dollars. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always leave a lot of room for memorabilia to commemorate your experience. While there are plenty of ways to maximize your spending in the … Read More

10-Gallon Challenge At Whispering Canyon

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A new dessert has just made its way to the Whispering Canyon Café at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge resort at Walt Disney World. The restaurant, known for being outlandish, overwhelming, and loud, has just started serving a special dessert that matches the restaurants reputation. The 10-Gallon Hat dessert includes: vanilla ice cream, chocolate ice cream, strawberry ice cream, mine chocolate chip … Read More

Disney’s Live Stream Broadcast of the Main Street Electrical Parade

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The Main Street Electrical Parade received special recognition Sunday evening from Disney as they broadcast a live stream of the parade live from Magic Kingdom on the Disney Parks Blog. As Disney puts it, The Main Street Electrical Parade will be “glowing away” as it pertains to Walt Disney World when it makes it’s final appearance of this current run … Read More

7 Things To Do At Night In Walt Disney World

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Over the nearly 45 years since it opened, Walt Disney World has become synonymous with the words “magic” and “fun”. Thousands of guests flock to the parks daily to experience the classic attractions, shows, and entertainment. If you’re anything like me, though, you’ve probably found yourself experiencing that awkward moment when the parks have all closed, but you’re not quite ready to end your day yet.